The NFL’s Franklin Barbecued BBQ, located on a former NFL football field in Louisville, Ky., will close on Monday, March 15, 2019.
The NFL announced that quarterback Donovan McNabb, a longtime friend of McNabb’s, will be the next head coach at Franklin Barbecue.
The team said McNabb will serve as the team’s head chef, and will serve from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Thursday.
The news was announced on the team website.
Franklin will celebrate McNabb in style by hosting a dinner on March 22 at 11 a.g. at the restaurant.
McNabb was the owner of the team when it played in the NFL’s NFL Championship Game in 2007.
Bobby Petrino, who was fired as Louisville’s coach in 2016, will serve in the same role.
McNabb said in a statement that he will work with Bobby Petrino to build a “family-friendly atmosphere” at Franklin, and said he and the team are “deeply saddened” by his death.
“Franklin’s dedication to the game of football is unmatched,” McNabb said.
“I have loved my time with the team and look forward to returning to work at Franklin with the same passion and commitment as I had as a player.”
The Louisville-based franchise opened in 1967 and is owned by Louisville University.
Its menu includes burgers, pulled pork, brisket, sausage and chicken sandwiches, ribs, ribs with cornbread, sausage rolls, pulled chicken and fried chicken.